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Rising to the Problem

Updated on March 21, 2012



A New Skyline

Even though Italy is currently facing economic problems it hasn’t stopped them from trying to lead the field in an ecological first: A forest in the sky.

Two skyscrapers planned to be built, will be home to 730 trees, 5000 shrubs and 11,000 ground plants.

The tallest of the trees will reach a height of 30 ft and the whole project will result in plants equaling a hectare of forest.

Those leading the project say that the “forest in the sky” will absorb CO2 and at the same time provide natural shade, reducing the costs of cooling for the buildings.

The project will also include producing wind and solar energy as well as enhancing recycling techniques.

Root Destruction
Root Destruction | Source


A few skeptics have pointed out that they do not believe that this is a good idea. Mainly due to the fact, that it is well known that roots of plants are capable of breaking up concrete whilst growing. If this were the case then the structural integrity of the building could be compromised during the growth of the trees.

This though, I am sure both the designers and the team of horticulturists who have been employed to look after the plants, have already taken into consideration and made proper compensations.

I believe this is a good idea and if successful could start to change the skylines of not just Milan but other cities around the world.

As the population of the world reaches 7 billion and continues to increase in an ever accelerating rate, with the accompanying growth of urban areas, it is necessary to try and find ways to compensate for the equaling decrease in vegetation.

Although this may be an original idea, it is still only one small step. It will take many of these small steps to combat the pollutions of an increasing mass of humanity.

It is refreshing to see that, even in an economically trying time for Italy, there are still those with the vision and faith to try and make a difference.


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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 6 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I think the concept was less about vegetable gardens, but sustainable eco-systems with trees and vegetation large enough to have an entire building be self reliant. It doesn't look like their quite there, but it seems viable within the near future.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting. A lot of tower blocks today are built with roof gardens, at least.


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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      Interesting idea but I too would be concerned about the roots. What are they going to do when the building cracks from the pressure? And what are those who take care of the trees going to do to keep it from happening?

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 6 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      A few years ago, a friend of mine wrote a screenplay about ecologically ran skyscrapers. His entire class, including professor, told him it was too improbable to base a screenplay off of. Hah!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sounds like a plan. One other problem, unless the architects cater for it, is the "Pendulum Effect," which brings down buildings in earthquakes...Bob

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      imgreencat 6 years ago

      nice hub!